|Policy and Grading|
Policy and Grading
Attendance and Responsibility
Class attendance is mandatory. If you must miss a class for a legitimate reason please inform me early as possible so that we can plan appropriately and provide you with makeup materials.
Student laptops may not be open during class unless specifically requested.
Weekly HomeworkThe best tip we have for doing well in the course is keeping up with the weekly assignments. The best way to do poorly is to not do the work.
Grading procedureEach lab will be graded twice. It will receive a quick check from the course staff. They will not write detailed comments, but will check for timeliness, completeness, and make sure you put in reasonable effort - even if not everything is correct. They will assign a low resolution grade of "good", "fair", "poor" or "zero". Due to the volume of HW, the course staff will not spend much time with each HW, but will give a quick check. The HW will then be more carefully reviewed and commented on by yourself for the final grade.
On the first review, a "good" means that your HW will likely fall in the A-B range and it looks like you put in a solid effort. The "fair" means the HW will likely fall in the C range and while it seems that most things were done, it appears to have a number of mistakes or a few things missing. The "poor" means your lab will probably be below a D and will usually be used for homework that appears to have little effort and many portions incomplete. While a "poor" is not great, it is better than a "Zero" which means you turned nothing in. We will assign a 8.5 pts (B) for good, 7 for fair, 5 for poor, and 0 for zero.
You will correct your own homework. Solutions will be posted online. You will carefully check your own work and figure out where you went wrong. You will mark up your own work clearly using a different color pen than your original work - or annotated on the scanned PDF. You should grade each problem according to the following guidelines.
Time SpentI expect that you should spend about 12 hours per week on this class. That includes class time. Outside of class you should be spending approximately 9 hours per week. Even if I hit this target precisely that means some of you will spend a little more than this, some a little less. I can't do anything about that - that's just statistics. However, some weeks I may just miscalculate and assign too much. If it seems to be taking too long and you notice your friends are also spending a lot of time - just tell me. Don't come to class, upset and sleep deprived and yell at me because you spent 23 hours working on an assignment. Tell me well before you hit the 23 hour mark. Also, for some of you it may be that everyone else is finishing in a reasonable time but it is taking you too long. If this is the case, come talk to me.
NinjasNick Eyre and Chris Joyce.
You are encouraged to work with others, but please turn in your own work. Please write the names of people you collaborate with on each of the assignments that you turn in. It is expected that anything you turn in, you could replicate the result or explain what each step is.